Purposeful Life: Family Training Series

The Center on Disability and Development, Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley (DSABV), Families of Autistic Children Engaged Together for Support (FACETS), Brazos Valley Center for Independent Living (BVCIL), College Station ISD and Bryan ISD are hosting a free workshop series for parents and family members of children with disabilities.

 Purposeful Life Family Training series will resume this Thursday. We will meet the first Thursday of the month beginning Oct. 7th. Our first topic will be Guardianships and Alternatives to Guardianships and our speaker is Jeffrey Miller, Policy specialist from Disability Rights TX. Spanish translation available.

Guardianship…what is it? Does every parent need to apply for guardianship before their child turns 18? How does a full guardianship affect your child’s independence and self-determination? What alternatives are available in Texas? Join us to learn more!

When: October 7, 2021       6:30pm-7:30pm

Where: Online via Zoom (zoom link is emailed to those who register) 

Don’t forget about the youth/sibling sessions!!

Youth and siblings, ages 11 and up, will also meet via Zoom. Their sessions will be held the second Thursday of each month and the first one is Oct. 14th. Youth with disabilities meet 6:30pm – 7:00pm and siblings meet 7:00pm – 7:30pm. You will use the same link as the parent training to register them. In October, the youth will be learning about the Circles of Support (who will help them in the future?)

Download the Handouts for this Purposeful Life Session:

Purposeful Life- Guardianship and Alternatives to Guardianship

Tutela y alternativas a la tutela

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021

Purposeful Life Tri-fold 10-2021.2022-Spanish

2019 – 2020 Session Topics

This season we will be incorporating tools from Charting the LifeCourse (CtLC) into each session.

September 5, 2019

What’s Your Child’s Vision of a Good Life?

Life Trajectory – CtLC

Experiences Booklet – CtLC

Life Domains Vision Tool – CtLC

October 3, 2019

The Empty Chair…Who is Missing from the ARD Table

My Book About Me

My School Portfolio – CtLC

November 7, 2019

IEPs – Making Them Count! Making the Most of your Child’s Time in School

December 5, 2019

Are you Teaching or Doing? Creating Independence

February 6, 2020

Behavior – What to do if Your Child is in a Crisis

March 5, 2020

Paving the Road for a Smoother Future – Getting Plugged into Your Community

2018 – 2019 Session Topics

September 6, 2018

Friendships: Making and Keeping Friends

October 4, 2018

The Road to Independence

19 Ways for a Parent to Step Back

Critical Skills for Independence

November 1, 2018

You or Google? Who Will Teach Your Child About Puberty

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys Appendix

Parent’s Guide to Protecting Against Sexual Abuse

Sexuality and Down Syndrome

Sexuality and Disability

Puberty and Children on the Autism Spectrum

Talking to Your Child About Sexuality

February 7, 2019

What and How Will They Learn? IEP Goals Lead the Way

March 7, 2019

Love is Friendship on Fire – How Will You Teach Your Child to Stay Safe in the Flames?

April 4, 2019

Working Together to Make Behavioral Changes – Behavior Intervention Plans

May 2, 2019

Safety is no Accident – Teaching Safe Actions at Home and in the Community

2018 Summer Sessions

August 11, 2018

Adverse Childhood Experiences

2017-2018 Session Topics

September 7, 2017

Everyone has differences, mine just has a name – Talking to your child about his/her disability

October 5, 2017

Why punishing your child may not be working

Learn to change behavior with positive behavior supports (reference above materials)

November 2, 2017

You can get results (but they might not be for the best)

Collaboration With Schools (reference above materials)

December 7, 2017

Your unexpected journey – including the recurring grief of parenting a child with a disability

February 1, 2018

I’m not fine – Supporting the emotional needs of children with disabilities

Learn more

March 1, 2018

Phones and computers – how safe are your children?

April 5, 2018

“No means No” – Teaching your child to accept your “no”

May 3, 2018

We’re all in this family – Supporting siblings

2016-2017 Session Topics

January 7, 2016

How Can I Help My Child Have a More Purposeful Life?

Moving Toward Independent Living

February 4, 2016

Person-Centered Thinking Training for Families

March 3, 2016

ARD Meetings: An Opportunity for Self-Determination and Self-Advocacy

April 7, 2016

Understanding your Child’s Behavior

May 5, 2016

Life After High School…Planning Starts Now!

September 1, 2016

“Looking Ahead” – Series Overview & Speaker Panel

October 6, 2016

“Who is the I in IEP?” – Review of ARD and IEP

TEA Special Education Dispute Resolution Systems Handbook

December 1, 2016

“You Can’t Pour From an Empty Cup” – Family Wellness

February 2, 2017

“My Kid’s Going To Be A Grown Up?” – Independence (MS/HS session)

I Can Do That! Independence (birth-elementary school session)

March 2, 2017

“Surviving Puberty – This Time As a Parent” – Adolescence and Puberty

Puberty Checklist

Autism Speaks Puberty Tool Kit

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Girls Appendix

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys

Vanderbilt Kennedy Center’s Healthy Bodies for Boys Appendix

April 6, 2017

“Behavior – What Are You Trying to Tell Me?” – Behavior Management